Growing up, it was hard for me to express my emotions, especially with my family. I was highly inspired by Jimmy Santiago Baca’s “I Am Offering This Poem” and wrote my own version of it, called I Am Offering My Love, as a way to convey my feelings.
I don’t have much to give, maybe I don’t have anything at all.
I don’t have the money to buy you anything.
I can’t wrestle with God to claim the Earth for you.
However, I have my love, and I hope it can reach you through this poem.
You were the one who brought me into this world.
A world that has given me happiness,
a world with you.
Would you keep this?
After I’ve thrived, after I’ve soared to new heights and left you, would you keep this?
For so long, you were my lifeline.
I couldn’t do anything without you, and you stayed with me the whole time.
Because of you, I am where I am today.
You are like the sun, lighting the way for me.
You are like a pillar, supporting me and always making sure I’m still standing.
Like a book, always having an interesting story to tell me.
And I am always willing to listen.
On a rainy day, I remember the times we had together, and it suddenly feels like it was sunny all week.
I would remember all the times we would go to the park and eat ice cream.
I would remember all the times we went shopping when there were sales.
I would remember all the times you made me laugh.
Hopefully, you remember those times too.
Those moments with you kept me going during difficult times.
I know we will make a million more memories, because you’ll always be by my side.
So thank you, for everything